October 21, 2009
Thinking the Unthinkable
Robert Stein at Connecting the Dots:
The perception of a growing gulf between the American military and the White House stirs echoes of the 1964 movie, Seven Days in May, a what-if about a conspiracy to unseat a President led by the head of the Joint Chiefs who considers him too soft on America’s enemies…
What we face in the Middle East is a slow-motion Seven Days in May, an undermining of the elected Commander-in-Chief that was dramatized as unthinkable in the last century. It shouldn’t be thinkable now.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 21, 2009 03:01 PM
I didn't see the movie, but wasn't there an attempted military coup in the 30's that Lt. General Smedley Darlington Butler reported. Then the military, along with a few Republican traitors to their country tried to unseat President Roosevelt.
Unfortunately, the traitors weren't hung then, but perhaps things would be different under the unitary executive theory. Or perhaps the traitors would just disappear into one of those black holes that we maintain for certain types of enemies of the state.
I don't see that. Obama has walked on eggshells vis-a-vis the military, even retained the Bush SecDef.
Another sort-of coup was Gen. MacArthur's attack on the Bonus Army, against Pres. Hoover's orders. If Hoover would have had him court-martialed then, he would have saved his successors much trouble, because Doug never hesitated to flout his civilian superiors' orders.